Andrea Guttin is a Refugee Representation staff attorney in Human Rights First’s Houston office, where she provides legal representation to unaccompanied minors and families who are seeking asylum. Andrea also trains and mentors attorneys in the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers and children. Prior to relocating to Houston, Andrea worked in Human Rights First’s New York office, where she focused on providing services to and conducting advocacy on behalf of detained asylum seekers. Andrea continues this work with detained asylum seekers and youth, and has represented or advised women and children held at the Karnes, Artesia, and Berks family detention centers in Texas, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, respectively.
Before joining Human Rights First, Andrea was a staff attorney at the Georgia Legal Services Program in Savannah, Georgia, where she represented Spanish-speaking clients in state and administrative courts. She previously interned with LatinoJustice PRLDEF, The Door, and the ACLU of Texas. Andrea is the author of “The Criminal Alien Program: Immigration Enforcement in Travis County, Texas,” released by the Immigration Policy Center in February 2010.
Andrea received her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. She also holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice law in Texas, New York, and Georgia.